How to constrain the generation of all possible orderings?

Here is code from Simon Woods' answer for getting all possible weak (equal ranks allowed) orderings for $N=3$ objects:

ClearAll[f]; SetAttributes[f, Orderless];
ReplaceList[f[a, b, c], f[a___, b___, c___] :> {{a}, {b}, {c}}] //
DeleteCases[#, {}, -1] & // Union // Column

It gives $13$ such orderings:

{{a, b, c}}
{{a}, {b, c}}
{{b}, {a, c}}
{{c}, {a, b}}
{{a, b}, {c}}
{{a, c}, {b}}
{{b, c}, {a}}
{{a}, {b}, {c}}
{{a}, {c}, {b}}
{{b}, {a}, {c}}
{{b}, {c}, {a}}
{{c}, {a}, {b}}
{{c}, {b}, {a}}

How can I modify this code for the case when not more than $2$ subsets are allowed? The desired output is:

{{a, b, c}}
{{a}, {b, c}}
{{b}, {a, c}}
{{c}, {a, b}}
{{a, b}, {c}}
{{a, c}, {b}}
{{b, c}, {a}}

I am trying to find way for doing such reductions in general $N$ and for any number of subsets-restriction.

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Here's how you can generalize the code for any $N$:

ClearAll@weakOrderings
weakOrderings[list_, n_Integer] :=
Block[{f, x = Table[Unique["x"], {n}]},
SetAttributes[f, Orderless];
With[{lhs = f @@ (Pattern[#, BlankNullSequence[]] & /@ x), rhs = List /@ x},
ReplaceList[f @@ list, lhs :> rhs] // DeleteCases[#, {}, -1] & // Union // Column
]
]

You can verify that it gives you the expected results: • Hm... No output gives. Sorry, I am null in Mathematica. Just copy-pasted your code and used Ctrl+Enter. – aeiklmkv Nov 26 '13 at 14:12
• @aeiklmkv I showed how to call the function in the screenshot... – rm -rf Nov 26 '13 at 14:14
• @rm-rf Now I understand. It works. – aeiklmkv Nov 26 '13 at 14:24
• @YvesKlett This is not my homework. I need it for statistical analysis of some experimental data. I am not lazy, just a beginner in Mathematica. – aeiklmkv Nov 26 '13 at 14:25
• @aeiklmkv Please consider that there are quite a few students around trying to suck other user's time to get their homework done without effort. Try to differentiate your questions from theirs – Dr. belisarius Nov 26 '13 at 14:42
Needs["Combinatorica`"]
f[l_List, n_Integer] := Flatten[Table[Union@Map[Sort,
Flatten[KSetPartitions[#, i] & /@ Permutations[l], 1], {2}], {i, n}], 1]

f[{a, b, c}, 2] // Column
(*
{{a,b,c}}
{{a},{b,c}}
{{b},{a,c}}
{{c},{a,b}}
{{a,b},{c}}
{{a,c},{b}}
{{b,c},{a}}
*)
f[{a, b, c}, 3] // Column
(*
{{a,b,c}}
{{a},{b,c}}
{{b},{a,c}}
{{c},{a,b}}
{{a,b},{c}}
{{a,c},{b}}
{{b,c},{a}}
{{a},{b},{c}}
{{a},{c},{b}}
{{b},{a},{c}}
{{b},{c},{a}}
{{c},{a},{b}}
{{c},{b},{a}}
*)